After a two week hiatus, I’m back to bring you the best and worst happenings going on in the WWE. After a pretty great RAW last week, was the red brand able to keep up the momentum? The short answer is no. RAW hit a new year low in the ratings this week and I can’t say I’m surprised. The writer’s room must consist of mostly seven-year-olds and seventy-year-olds. Even Kurt Angle is failing to make it interesting. Other than Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar, nothing’s tickling our balls… Our great balls of fire, that is. This is of course in reference to RAW’s next pay-per-view strangely titled, Great Balls Of Fire.
Meanwhile, the blue brand will host a historic Money In The Bank pay-per-view this Sunday, which will feature the first ever Women’s Ladder match. So without further ado, here are 5 things WWE got right this week, and 5 things they got wrong.
10. WRONG – Goldust
Goldust turned on R-Truth over a month ago, and has since been sitting backstage referencing movies in cheesy little backstage vignettes. It worked the first week, maybe the second week, but enough is enough. Goldust’s heel turn was fantastic, but WWE is failing to capitalize and not getting him in the ring has made us lose interest in it all together.
9. RIGHT – SmackDown Tag Team Division
SmackDown opened things up with its tag team division, giving every team a little time to talk (even The Colons) before they wrestled an 8-Man Tag Team match that left every team looking strong (except The Colons). Though the match wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, a third of the show was dedicated to its teams and that is always a good thing.
8. WRONG – The Alicia Fox Telephone Call
I get that Alicia Fox is supposed to be annoying, but this segment was unwatchable. Alicia Fox facetimed Noam Dar and refused to let him disconnect the call, despite Noam having to wrestle a match with Fox’s former beau Cedric Alexander. For some reason, Dar had his phone bluetoothed to the titantron, so Fox could watch the match or something silly like that even though she could have just turned on the television to see it.
If this was to signal the end of this horrid love triangle, a legitimate high quality match would have done wonders for the Cruiserweight division. Instead, the call from Fox distracted Dar into losing the match in less than ten seconds. This was a huge waste of time and probably a major reason why fans turned off RAW to watch something else.
7. RIGHT – SmackDown Main Event
Another match that wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but it was a fine way to end SmackDown ahead of the Money In The Bank pay-per-view this Sunday. All six men in the upcoming Ladder match battled in a, you guessed it – a Six Person Tag Team match that in the end, saw Shinsuke Nakamura climb a ladder and grab the briefcase. A preview of what’s to come? Meh. Nakamura doesn’t need it. I’d love for Sami Zayn to take it.
6. WRONG – Emma Returns. Then Loses
Poor Emma. What a weird year she’s had. She finally re-returns, and then loses her first match back. Considering it was a Six Woman Tag Team match, a loss doesn’t have to be all that bad but WWE decided to make her be the one to tap out. Here’s hoping for the remainder of the year, Emma’s able to finally catch a break and show the world what she’s all about.
5. RIGHT – The RAW Women’s Division
For the first time in a very long time, the RAW Women’s Division is showing promise. Because you know, using more than two women goes a long way. Even though Emma swallowed the loss, at least she’s back in the shuffle and RAW would be smart to have all its women in the hunt for the Championship, as SmackDown has benefited from doing so.
4. WRONG – Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins
Did anyone actually pay attention to what Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins were talking about? I tried, but I was much rather interested in my Instagram feed. They need to find a way to reinvent Bray Wyatt’s character altogether as his shtick just doesn’t work anymore. He never delivers on his promises and all his talking never actually means anything, so why should I want to listen to his ramblings that hardly make any sense anyway? Again, another reason fans decided to tune out and switch the channel.
3. RIGHT – Lana
WWE is handling Lana pretty well so far since deciding to branch her out on her own as a singles star. Giving her a Women’s Championship opportunity in her debut match can go either one of two ways. 1) She’ll impress the hell out of us, win or lose. Or 2) She will remind everyone that models shouldn’t be in a wrestling ring.
2. WRONG – Cesaro and Sheamus Vs. The Hardy Boyz
The 2 out of 3 Falls main event match on RAW should have been the end of this lackluster feud, but it appears as if it’s far from over. Is it just me, or have The Hardy Boyz been pretty dull since making their return? Yeah, they’ve been putting on some decent matches but their feud with Cesaro and Sheamus is as fun as listening to Bray Wyatt talk.
Cesaro and Sheamus turning heel was the wrong move in my opinion as they were finally starting to gain traction as a formidable babyface team. And as much as I love Cesaro, seeing him as a cowardly heel makes me mad. It doesn’t work. The guy deserves better.
1. RIGHT – Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe is finally getting the push he deserves since being called up to the main roster and it’s exciting. As unoriginal as this segment was, as we’ve already seen Lesnar and his opponent get torn apart by the locker room on multiple occasions, it still worked this week. If rumours are true that Lesnar is holding onto the title until WrestleMania (to lose it to Roman Reigns, ugh), Joe might not come out on top come Great Testicles of Fire, but there’s no way he’s coming out of this feud looking any worse than before.
Until next week! Here’s hoping Money In The Bank makes things exciting again!
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